This recipe I am sharing with you today is one of my favorites, and one of the easiest to make. Original Bisquick Dumplings are incredibly quick and easy to make and require only two basic ingredients. Bisquick baking mix and milk. Easy peasy lemon squeezy!
I love to make them when I am making a stew, be it beef, chicken, lamb, etc. Just mix, drop, and cook/steam. Your family will love them. As they cook on top of your stew they absorb some of the lovely flavors of what you are cooking, making them even more delicious. They are tender, light, and pretty fool-proof! A stew without dumplings, is . . . just a stew!
When I was a child the best thing about having stew for supper was when my mother added light and fluffy dumplings. Making dumplings from scratch can sometimes be a bit difficult for people to navigate and somewhat finicky. These Bisquick Dumplings always turn out. It is almost impossible to fail!
WHAT DO YOU NEED TO MAKE BISQUICK DUMPLINGS
Only two simple ingredients are needed.
WHAT IS BISQUICK?
Bisquick is an incredibly versatile pre-mixed baking/batter mix. It is sold under the Betty Crocker Brand and contains flour, shortening, salt, and baking powder. You can use it to make biscuits, pancakes, donuts, pretzels, impossible pies, cakes, waffles, pastry, and all sorts. It is a must-have in my larder. It always comes in very handy.
HINTS AND TIPS TO MAKE BISQUICK DUMPLINGS
Follow these sure fire hints and tips to make the best dumplings.
- Read through the recipe before beginning to make sure you have everything you need.
- Assemble all of your ingredients before you start so that you don’t leave anything out that is integral to make the dumplings.
- Do not overmix the baking mix and milk. It does not to be completely smooth. Over-mixing may result in a tough dumpling.
- You can drop the dumplings on the stew now, but I find that leaving the dumpling batter to sit for 5 to 10 minutes results in a nicer dumpling.
- A classic chicken and vegetable stew work really well with these dumplings, but beef, lamb, mushroom, vegetable, etc. all work well.
- Make sure your stew is bubbling before dropping the dumpling mix on top. You want it to be at a rolling boil. The heat of the stew will set the bottom of the dumplings and start them at the beginning of deliciousness.
- Once you have added the dumplings turn the heat down underneath your saucepan or skillet of stew. This is important as you don’t want your stew to catch and burn on the bottom.
- You must cook them uncovered for 10 minutes. This ensures that the bottoms of the dumplings cook through.
- After 10 minutes you must cover your pan and cook the dumplings for a further 10 minutes without lifting the lid. This will ensure that the dumplings rise properly and cook thoroughly.
If you follow these hints and tips there is no reason why you will not be rewarded with incredibly light and fluffy dumplings!
HOW TO MAKE BISQUICK DUMPLINGS
Measure the baking mix into a bowl. Whisk in the milk until a soft dough forms. If you think it is too stiff add a bit more milk. Do not overmix. (Optional, leave to sit for 5 to 10 minutes.)
Make sure your stew is boiling. Drop the dough by spoonfuls on top of the boiling stew.
Reduce heat to low. Leave to cook for 10 minutes.
Cover and cook for 10 minutes longer.
Serve and enjoy!
While there are really only two ingredients needed to make the dumplings (not including your stew of course), there is no end to the variations you can create simply by adding a few things!
For tasty cheese and onion dumplings, add ¼ to ½ cup of your favourite grated cheese, some dried parsley and dried or fresh minced onion. Cheddar and Parmesan are both great cheeses to use.
Turn them into herbed dumplings by adding some fresh or dried herbs. Parsley, thyme, rosemary, sage, garlic, paprika and cayenne are all great additions. Pick flavours that will compliment your stew.
Don’t feel limited by using only savory stews. These dumplings also make a delicious dessert when spooned onto stewed fruits, such as apples, peaches, pears, cranberries, or other berries in any combination. The same rules apply. Make sure the fruit is bubbling when you add the dumplings.
You can also make an easy dessert by bringing a mix of golden or maple syrup and butter to a fast simmer and add spoonfuls of the dumpling dough. Cook as per the recipe instructions and serve spooned into bowls with some of the hot syrup mixture spooned over top, and either pouring cream or ice cream.
As you can see these tasty dumplings are very versatile, family friendly and delicious to eat. Why not pick up a box of the mix and try making some for your family today. This is comfort food at its very best. Pure and simple.
- 2 cups Original Bisquick baking mix
- 2/3 cup milk
1. Measure the baking mix into a bowl. Whisk in the milk until a soft dough forms. If you think it is too stiff add a bit more milk. Do not overmix.
2. Make sure your stew is boiling. Drop the dough by spoonfuls on top of the boiling stew. Reduce heat to low. Leave to cook for 10 minutes. Cover and cook for 10 minutes longer.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 106 per dumpling, not including stew
Marie Rayner is a retired Chef, freelance writer, recipe developer, food blogger, and Cookbook author. She makes her home in Chester, UK, where she lives with her husband, Todd, and their much beloved English Cocker, Mitzie. Her motto is “Life is far too short to eat bad food,” and her goal is to share delicious and easy recipes which anyone can enjoy and cook in the comfort of their own home.